The bust that was the Nevada Republican presidential caucuses revealed much about brewing Republican swing state problems, and the decided limitations of Romney's candidacy and that of Gingrich.
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Nevada is far more diverse than Iowa or New Hampshire and presents a set of challenges on economic, energy, environmental, and social policy that any party interested in governing had best be accustomed to.
While it is a strength in the most conventional sense, it's actually a profound weakness of his candidacy, especially considering the obvious problems with his public attitudes about finance and the realities of how he became so phenomenally wealth.
I'm talking about the majority of businesses that perform better when poverty and violence is not prevalent. If financial incentives motivate politicos, then put some numbers on those dividends available from reducing violence.
As we wend our way through the Republican primary season, at times predicting the outcome of a single state's race is very hard to do. At other times, it is actually pretty easy. Florida looks to be one of the latter.
Mitt is now the poster boy for the 1% and that will be a hard label to shake.
"We must have certainty in South Carolina that zombies aren't voting," Rep. Alan Clemmons has testified at a hearing into claims that more than 950 people who voted in the recent elections could actually be dead.
This is a big moment for Gingrich, especially with Romney so obviously in flail mode. The right mix of decisions can put him in the driver's seat in the national Republican Party. If that's where he wants to be.
South Carolinians appear oddly happy and eager to forgive Gingrich, the "68-year-old grandfather," for his sins. That says an awful lot about religion, and its role in Republican politics, in America today.
Perhaps Mitt Romney's fumble in South Carolina was not entirely unpredictable. But why, if Romney was not to prevail, was it Newt Gingrich -- and not Rick Santorum -- who benefited?
Going after debate moderators seems to have become a key element of Newt's debating style. Arguably, it has also contributed to his rise in the polls.
The candidates have boiled women's existence down to their ability to bear children.
On the eve of the South Carolina primary the Republican race has been turned on its head by two developments that may have a profound impact on the campaign. The question now is can frontrunner Mitt Romney beat off the surging Newt Gingrich?
To use a way-too-early 2012 Olympics metaphor, it won't matter who wins the epic struggle for silver and bronze, if Mitt Romney walks off the stage with the gold medal around his neck.
Was Sarah Palin's proclamation really an endorsement, or did she just want to keep the wounded elephant that is the current presidential GOP lineup limping forward as far as possible, before it collapses under the weight of its own unelectability?